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Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger

First Officer Jeff Skiles

July 26, 2009 - Oshkosh, Wisconsin - Since that unforgettable day, January 15, 2009, the cockpit crew from US Airways Flight 1549—the “Miracle on the Hudson Crew”—have told their story countless times, but when they get to Oshkosh, they will tell the story again, only this time to scores of fellow aviators.

Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and First Officer Jeff Skiles successfully executed the emergency landing of an Airbus A320 on the Hudson River in New York City, averting disaster and saving 155 people aboard the airplane.

“There is perhaps no place better than Oshkosh where an audience would better understand the decision making process that took place in the cockpit that day and learn the lessons from these two pilots’ experiences,” said Tom Poberezny, EAA chairman and president. “We eagerly look forward to welcoming them to ‘aviation’s family reunion’ at Oshkosh.”

That would be Thursday, July 30, when the pilots appear at the Honda Forums Mainstage from 1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m., and Friday night for their Theater in the Woods program, hosted by longtime TV personality David Hartman.

Capt. Sullenberger has nearly 20,000 flight hours logged and began his airline career with PSA Airlines in 1980. He also served in the U.S. Air Force, attaining the rank of captain, and has been a flight instructor, accident investigator, and national technical-committee member during his career.

Skiles, who hails from Oregon, Wisconsin, has more than 20,000 flight hours and began his career with US Airways in 1986. He first attended the EAA fly-in convention with his parents—who are also pilots—when it was in Rockford, Illinois, in the 1960s.

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